Mon. Nov 29th, 2021


Shelley Waters
 |  Guest columnist

Take stock in children. They are the future, our most valuable resource. In Alachua County we have an equity problem, an achievement gap and the graduation rate needs improvement.

The phrase came to life in 1996 when the Education Foundation of Alachua County founded its Take Stock in Children program. It has a proven track record of helping at-risk, low socioeconomic status students achieve success in a very personal way.

The 2020 class of Take Stock in Children boasted a graduation rate of 100%, and all 61 seniors received college acceptance. The program works.

Tim Miles is a great success story. He joined TSIC in 7th grade when Scherwin Henry became his mentor.

Miles is a recent Florida State University graduate with a bachelor of science degree, majoring in statistics and minoring in mathematics; he is now pursuing a business administration and master of science

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Buy Local Gift Card website helps Region residents support local businesses

When doing your holiday shopping, it’s easy to grab gift cards from Starbucks, Target and other big corporate chains.

But if you’re looking to support local businesses rooted in your own community — the business owners who are your neighbors, who sponsor your kid’s Little League team, and who you ask to donate to your church’s fundraiser — there’s now an easy way to do so.

Lee Enterprises, which owns The Times of Northwest Indiana and other daily newspapers across the country, rolled out Buy Local websites in all its markets this year to help people support local businesses in their own communities. The platform showcases local shops and merchants that are selling gift cards that would make perfect gifts this holiday season.

It includes gift cards from locally owned stores and restaurants from across the Region, including Gamba Ristorante in Merrillville, White Rhino in Dyer, Revolution Valparaiso, Dixon’s Florist

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EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Life sciences consulting firm Beghou Consulting has developed a cloud-based forecasting platform that enables life sciences users to perform complex calculations related to treatment regimens, patient flows, lines of therapy and more. The solution, Mainsail™ Forecast, enables commercial teams to move beyond computational limitations of spreadsheet-based models and build more sophisticated and robust forecasts.

“Spreadsheet-based models run into trouble as calculations become increasingly complex,” said Dan Schulman, associate partner at Beghou Consulting. “But complexity is an inherent part of the forecasting process for life sciences commercial teams. With Mainsail Forecast, we’ve created a platform with the computational horsepower to conduct thousands of interconnected calculations and build more accurate forecasts.”

Mainsail Forecast scales as companies add users, explore new indications and expand into new markets. Multiple users securely interact with the application at the same time, adjusting assumptions and testing scenarios without

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Black Owned Maine has not only focused attention on a group working to stimulate the state’s economy, but has raised money to help businesses and families make their way through the pandemic.

By Jordan Bailey
 |  The Maine Monitor

During the height of the protests over the police killing of George Floyd in May, Rose Barboza felt conflicted. She wanted to join the demonstrations but had a 4-year-old at her Saco home and was concerned about catching or spreading the coronavirus. Instead, Barboza began to consider another way to fight — using her purchasing power. 

Online directories popped up nationally, spotlighting Black-owned businesses and educating people about how seeking out these businesses can help, at the local level, reduce the racial wealth gap, support entrepreneurship and job creation for Black Americans, and send a message that representation matters. 

But, companies in Maine remained largely off the lists. Maine is the

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Large businesses are starting to hold their chief information officers accountable for the results of corporate-wide digital business operations, giving them much wider responsibility within the organization.

As the economic changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic accelerate businesses’ digital transformations, many now see a need for an executive who can view digital efforts in terms of the entire organization, coordinate activities and manage risks, said Janelle Hill, chief of research for

Gartner Inc.’s

CIO practice.

This is a role normally associated with a chief operating officer, Ms. Hill said. But many large organizations undergoing a digital transformation in more traditional industries—such as energy, manufacturing and retail—don’t have a COO to coordinate their activities, she said.

Gartner, which last month released its annual list of top strategic predictions, said that by 2024, a quarter of the CIOs working in large, traditional enterprises will effectively become, as the research and advisory

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Aarón Moreno is an eight-year-old boy who a few months ago started his own business selling plants in Boyle Heights to help his mother pay bills, and to be able to bring his sister back from Mexico.

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Moreno showed that when you want something, anything can be done, regardless of age.

The seeds that the small businessman sowed have literally blossomed to give an inspiring turn to his life, and thanks to his business selling plants, he was able to move his family out of the small tool shed where they lived.

“It only fit a Twin bed, since the space was very small,” said Aarón’s mother, Berenice Pacheco.

“I wanted a bigger house, a car, and to bring my sister from Mexico,” Moreno said.

He started his business with only $12. He then began to buy plants in Downtown Los Angeles to

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During his 20 years as a director at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, Ike McBride was a mentor, role model, coach and father figure to thousands of area kids.

Ike McBride wearing a blue jacket: WORCESTER - Ike McBride, executive director of EforAll Greater Worcester. Since 2013, EforAll has partnered with communities to help under-represented individuals successfully start businesses. Greater Worcester program launched in September. McBride is photographed just off Plantation St. on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

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WORCESTER – Ike McBride, executive director of EforAll Greater Worcester. Since 2013, EforAll has partnered with communities to help under-represented individuals successfully start businesses. Greater Worcester program launched in September. McBride is photographed just off Plantation St. on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

In his new position as executive director of EforAll (Entrepreneurship for All) Greater Worcester, McBride continues to bring his passion, devotion and advocacy for the community that he has always called home.


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“It was one of those moments,” said Elaine Vescio, director of entrepreneurship at Worcester State University and an EforAll Greater Worcester founding committee member who was among those who interviewed McBride for the position, “that once you just started

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Jennifer Henius, of Palm Harbor, began to look for a way to give back to the healthcare system when COVID-19 hit Florida in mid-March.

Henius, 43, had recently left the Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington, D.C., where served on the leadership team to implement the VA’s National Caregiver Support Program. She also is a yoga teacher, so she started a private Facebook group and recruited other local instructors to provide free online yoga classes to those who care for ailing loved ones.

The classes have been successful so far, Henius said. Since March, yoga instructors have taught classes multiple times a week online to approximately 70 people.

Henius and instructors Ellen MacKay and Sonya Quijada filed for nonprofit status this month for Caregiver Wellness Collective, Inc., in hopes of raising enough money to stream the classes on a website, pay the teachers and develop curriculum. The classes will continue

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A California family down to their last $12 at the beginning of the pandemic now has a new car and a new home — and it’s all thanks to the tenacity and impressive business acumen of an 8-year-old boy.

a person wearing a costume: Go Fund Me Aaron Moreno

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Go Fund Me Aaron Moreno

Aaron Moreno, his mother and two other family members were living in a shed in East Los Angeles and struggling with their finances when he decided to start Aaron’s Garden, his own business, in June, KABC reported.

“He came [up] with the idea of selling plants and starting a business in his yard to be a provider, and [to] buy his own Hot Cheetos with cheese without having to ask his mom for money,” a GoFundMe supporting Aaron said.

Though he began with just eight plants, business boomed, and now, the money he’s earned — combined with the $31,000 raised from the

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March of 2020 knocked everyone for a loop. After shaking off the initial shock, many businesses thought they would need to respond with a plan for a crisis-riddled Q2. Maybe Q3? Not so. The new normal is that we’re never going back to normal. Business needs to rethink its entire strategy and confirm its purpose and customer approach for this new world.

Foresights is the way to do it.

If we’ve learned anything from the last eight months of an economic and health crisis, business survival is all about adapting. Companies need to be nimble enough to shift strategies first to stay afloat, but also to thrive. In the recent past, the challenges of adapting have been about the pace of change or figuring out how to incorporate new and evolving technologies. Now, it’s about

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